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Barking & Dagenham boys claim Essex Finch League title for first time since 2013

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 June 2018

Barking & Dagenham's under-11 boys have won the Essex Finch League

Barking & Dagenham's under-11 boys have won the Essex Finch League

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Barking and Dagenham’s district boys have been crowned champions of the Essex Finch League for the first time since 2013.

It was a closely fought contest through the season with little between the teams.

The campaign started back in October when the boys sufffered a 3-2 defeat against Thurrock, as goals from Ukonu and Mann proved in vain.

But the boys started 2018 with a brilliant, battling performance to defeat Newham by the odd goal in five thanks to goals from Fabamifobee, Solomon and Zafer.

Two weeks later the boys were on form again and secured their second Essex League win by beating Basildon 7-2.

Ukonu’s four-goal salvo led the way, along with strikes from Zafer, Shehu and Klimas, as Barking & Dagenham ran out comfortable winners.

Then in February Barking and Dagenham travelled to Chelmsford and gained an emphatic 6-1 victory that included a Klimas hat-trick and a brace from Mukasa.

A week later the Essex League title was all but sealed with a 7-0 rout of local rivals Redbridge.

Ukonu hit a hat-trick in the win, with further goals from Shehu, Zafer, Mintah and Kosoko seeing Barking & Dagenham put one hand on the shield.

They had to wait for a while for confirmation of their triumph as there was a chance Thurrock could have pipped them to the title.

But Barking & Dagenham were crowned and Dave Moore said: “The boys had played some stunning football, scoring 25 goals and only conceding eight.

“Bangurah was as solid as a rock and Abhi Pal performed brilliantly in goal all season.

“Medine impressed with his creativity and motivation and Inayat, Balogun and Fabamifobee played a crucial part the team’s success by stepping in whenever required. This was a reflection of the wonderful team spirit in the squad.”

Barking & Dagenham: Solomon (Southwood), Mukasa (Roding Cannington), Kosoko (Richard Alibon), Ukonu , Pal (Dorothy Barley), Bangurah, Mintah, Inayat (Valence), Mann (Rush Green), Shehu (Hunters Hall), Zafer (Gascoigne), Balogun (Grafton), Klimas (Marsh Green), Fabamifobee (George Carey), Medine (Northbury).

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